When someone is active in the music industry for 24 years, you have to give them credit. Having staying power is a feat that musicians struggle and fight for every day. So it is with Sebastian Bach, who was the frontman for 80’s hair metal group Skid Row. Back with his fourth full-length solo album, Kicking And Screaming, Bach is back with a collection of hard rock anthems, blistering riffs and solos, and a few rock ballads. But has time slowed down this legend or has it given him more power and fight. Check after the jump for the answer.
When a line in a skit says, “How about we move to more intellectual territory. Let’s do a song about poop!” and you find yourself thinking, “Hey, that’s actually not too far from the truth.”, there need to be some thoughts about where you are in life and why you’re listening to Dick Delicious & The Tasty Testicles’ album Vulgar Display Of Obscurity. If you are under any illusions that this album will change your life, shatter them immediately. What you have before you is offensive, in poor taste and full of disgusting humor. That being said, is it any good? Check after the jump for the answer!
Leprous is a band that you probably haven’t heard of, which is a damn shame. These guys were the backing band for Ihsahn (Emperor) for 2009 and the first half of 2010, if that gives you any clue as to how talented they are. Around since 2001 with an EP, a demo and one full-length album, the band is back with their newest release, Bilateral. Laced with heavy doses of 70’s prog rock but with a thoroughly modern twist, this album rolls up and down like a roller coaster. But is it the awesome speedy ride you crave or the disappointing kiddy ride that you have to ride with your wee young’un? Check after the jump for the answer.
Last year I was blown away by Australia’s Karnivool and their album Sound Awake. Their song New Day ended up getting my Song of the Year for 2010 and I still blast that album to this day. Well, this year brings me another Aussie band: Dead Letter Circus. Their debut album, This Is The Warning, has been out for over a year down under but is only just now getting a proper US release through Sumerian Records on July 26th. Produced by Forrester Savell, the same man who produced Sound Awake, there are obvious ways to connect the sound of Dead Letter Circus to Karnivool. But is This Is The Warning different enough to stand out on its own?
I have a long history of concert injuries – including the infamous flying purse to the face incident at a 2008 Dethklok show. However, a personal favorite of mine – and one that will always hold a special place in my heart – is the foot long bruise I obtained on my leg from the mosh pit at a Toxic Holocaust show.
When I first heard that The Real Tuesday Weld’s album, The Last Werewolf: A Soundtrack was the soundtrack to a book, I was slightly taken aback. I’d never really heard of a book having a soundtrack before. A movie? Of course. A video game? Duh! But a book? That seemed somewhat far-fetched for me. Listening to the album, however, cleared everything up. The question is, did it clear it up and make me want to read the book or did it fail in drumming up any interest at all. Check out after the jump for all the details!
Earlier this year Converge made a few awesome announcements one including a Split release with them and Dropdead, which of course blew my mind. The release saw light on Converge‘s recent Spring tour with Trap Them with a severe variety of different colors. Curious to know my thoughts? Read past the break for my review. Enjoy!
There are a handful of bands that incite such a violent reaction as Limp Bizkit. There’s Nickelback, Insane Clown Posse, U2 and that’s all I can really think of off the top of my head. These bands are generally reviled or mocked endlessly and, for some reason, are wildly successful. Nickelback consistently puts out platinum selling albums, ICP continues to somehow afford the ability to make movies and U2 manages to put out the same sounding album over and over again with great success. As for Limp Bizkit, people mock the ever-living hell out of them and they laugh it off all the way to the bank. So, how does the band fare on Gold Cobra, their latest endeavor? Well, check out after the jump for the answer.
Devin Townsend is without a doubt one of the most inventive and creative forces in metal these days. His own catalogue aside, one can look at his production credits and guest appearances and realize that this is a man who has little regard for musical barriers. So, how does Deconstruction, the third album in the four-album Devin Townsend Project arc, match up to this idea? Find out after the jump my dear reader.
When I was sent a copy of Memories of Machines ‘Warm Winter’, I was a bit skeptical until I read the guest spots: Steven Wilson, Colin Edwin, Robert Fripp, Jim Matheos, Peter Hammill, and more. Holy prog-rock boner inducing list! Seriously, though, can you think of a guest list that gets your rocks off more than that? So, with a list like that, you can easily understand why I had quite high expectations. But were those expectations met?
With a history as long and celebrated as In Flames, each new album is met by fans with great expectations and high hopes. “Will it be as good as The Jester Race or Clayman?” “Will it be something weird and a total deviation from what I’m used to?” Well, considering the fact that In Flames have been releasing studio albums since 1993, it’s impossible to ask them to stay with one sound. First of all, it gets boring for the listener and, second, musicians can’t be pigeonholed like that. Progression and expansion are a natural part of life as well as music. So it is with In Flames 10th studio release, Sounds of a Playground Fading. But does this expansion and progression work? Check after the jump.
As a member of the “new generation” of metal and hardcore listeners, I’ve been exposed to a lot of different forms of music that seem to, despite their wide range of differences, blend into the larger scene of “alternative” bands. One of these genres is the infamous pop-punk. Pop punk has different levels of listenability (in my personal opinion), ranging from the golden gods and pioneers, such as Blink 182 and New Found Glory, the modern favorites (Man Overboard, The Wonder Years) and the, well, undesirables (We The Kings). Up until very recently, I have always thrown Maryland four-piece All Time Low into that third category by default. But with their newest release, Dirty Work, dropping this week, I may just have been converted.
When you’ve got a band that features members from Type O Negative, Life of Agony, and Biohazard, you know you’re in for a treat. I mean, with names like that behind A Pale Horse Named Death, there’s no way it can go wrong, right? Well, check after the jump to see if that statement holds true.